Sins of a Duke by Stacey Reid

March 13, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sins of a Duke by Stacey ReidSins of a Duke by Stacey Reid
Series: Scandalous House of Calydon #3
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 9, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 192
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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four-stars
All of the young ladies whispered about the Duke of Mondvale in hushed tones, their eyes following his tall, dark figure with barely disguised lust. For the newly-ostracized Lady Constance Thornton, he is magnetic and altogether desirable. Irresistibly so. Since her reputation is already ruined in London society, why shouldn't she be impudent and dance with the scandalous “Lord of Sin”?

Little does she know of his plans.

The beautiful and innocent Lady Constance is no mere plaything for Lucan Wynwood. She will be his revenge. By ruining her, he will have his vengeance against her brother. Except that the Lady Constance is full of surprises...and now she could well be the ruin of him.

Love, a little redemption, and a whole lot of angst make up SINS OF A DUKE, the third installment in the Scandalous House of Calydon series.  While I think it would be best to read the other two books first, this was still an enjoyable novel.  Readers are introduced to Lucan, Duke of Mondvale a/k/a The Lord of Sin and reacquainted with Lady Constance a/k/a The Beautiful Bastard, sister to Sebastian the hero from the previous book.  Long before he met Constance, Lucan put into place plans that would absolutely ruin her in society’s eyes – a backhanded plan of revenge against Sebastian for his mistreatment of Lucan’s sister.  But when faced with the reality of that damage and upon meeting the sweet, but tempting Constance, Lucan has a change of heart and must win her love and trust once again.

What really drives this book is the characters and their depth of emotion.  I was enthralled by the interplay of thoughts, emotion, and action by both Constance and Lucan as well as many of the other characters.  When Constance is thinking about how isolated and disconnected she feels, I was almost ready to cry actual tears.  These characters connect not only to each other, but also to the reader on a very deep, visceral level.  And I love every minute of it.

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